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To J. Edgar Hoover
August 26, 1942 [Washington, D.C.]
My dear Mr. Hoover:
I appreciate the compliment of your invitation to deliver the graduating address of the F.B.I. National Police Academy on October 31st. Because of the intimate relations between the F.B.I. and the Army, and in admiration of your highly efficient organization, I should like very much to accept your invitation. However, the demands on my time have been so great and the possible reactions to whatever I say have become so uncertain that I have felt compelled to refuse all invitations to make addresses except purely officially in connection with some foreign governments’ affairs.
Thank you for asking me. I trust you understand the position I am in and will forgive my inability to accept your invitation.
P.S. I would be glad to attend the exercise.
G. C. M.1
Document Copy Text Source: George C. Marshall Papers, Pentagon Office Collection, Categorical Materials, George C. Marshall Research Library, Lexington, Virginia.
Document Format: Typed letter signed.
1. General Marshall was present at the graduation ceremony.
Recommended Citation: ThePapers of George Catlett Marshall, ed.Larry I. Bland and Sharon Ritenour Stevens(Lexington, Va.: The George C. Marshall Foundation, 1981- ). Electronic version based on The Papers of George Catlett Marshall, vol. 3, “The Right Man for the Job,” December 7, 1941-May 31, 1943 (Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1991), p. 323.